Dust and sand on PV arrays in the desert can have a negative impact on module performance, but so too can the automated solutions available to clean them.
Hareon Solar Technology plans to set up a wholly-owned subsidiary in Switzerland to invest in solar PV projects in Jordan.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan is reportedly planning to cut funding for the primary sources of a ¥70 billion (US$569 million) renewable energy programme by eliminating tax breaks for companies that install solar panels in order to sell power.
While the global market for inverters has grown significantly this year, price pressure is limiting growth in a highly competitive market, according to an analyst from IHS.
ABB has released a low maintenance, high power outdoor central inverter. Overall system costs are driven down by the increased DC input voltage up to 1500 VDC and a high power rating of up to 2000 kVA to provide an even more attractive solution for investors and plant owners alike.
November was a bumper month for PV capacity expansion announcements, with the big-six Silicon Module Super League players once again in the headlines, writes Mark Osborne.
Yingli Green's European subsidiary and Poland-based renewable energy firm R Power are expanding their joint project development programme in Poland from 30MW to 60MW.
CIS thin-film producer Solar Frontier is currently developing a 5MW solar power plant with TSK in Kuwait as part of an innovative project with c-Si technology for the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR).
Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power has obtained a controlling interest in the 157MW Roserock solar facility from solar developer Recurrent Energy.
Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power has acquired a controlling interest in the 157MW Roserock solar facility — the company’s first solar project in Texas — from solar developer Recurrent Energy.
After four months into construction of the 10.6 MW solar PV + 6 MW battery storage systems at the off-grid DeGrussa Copper-Gold Mine, the project is on track for completion in Q1, 2016 juwi Group (Wörrstadt, Germany) announces.
For Sandfire Resources NL, a mid-tier Australian mining company, the juwi Group develops a 10.6 MW solar PV hybrid system to fully integrate with the existing 19 MW diesel-fired power station at the DeGrussa Mine.
November 20 saw the end of the seventh Intersolar India, the largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry in India. The positive atmosphere of the exhibition reflected the strong state of India's solar market, the organizers report. Companies and investors took advantage of opportunities to exchange ideas and information; numerous contracts were signed and cooperation agreements reached.
200 exhibitors from 12 countries presented their products, solutions and services to around 11,000 international visitors in Mumbai.
In many regions of the world, sand and fine dust cause solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants to experience considerable yield losses. Although the manual or automatic cleaning of modules is intended to remedy this situation, it may actually damage the solar panels’ glass surfaces, The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) reports.
PI Berlin) has developed a number of stress tests that closely simulate practical conditions to investigate the effect of cleaning equipment on module surfaces.
Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Ontario) on November 30th, 2015 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy signed a partnership agreement with Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) subsidiary Southern Power.
The agreement gives Southern Power a controlling interest in the Roserock solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Texas. The 157.5 megawatt (MWac)/ 212 MWp PV project, developed by Recurrent Energy, is now under construction in West Texas.
THEnergy (Dr. Thomas Hillig Energy Consulting, Munich, Germany) reports that in the run-up to the Paris climate conference mining companies have started to focus on short-term actions regarding powering their mines. They reportedly prepare actions plans to react to carbon-reduction measures that might be adopted.
Large mining companies are working on a strategy for renewable-energy projects such as wind and solar power at their mines. Companies like Rio Tinto, Glencore, BHP Billiton and Goldfields have already finished their first pilot power plants or have recently announced new projects.
Solar Power, Inc. (SPI, Shanghai, China), a vertically-integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) developer, and SPI Energy Co., Ltd., a company incorporated under the laws of the Cayman Islands on November 30th, 2015 announced that the proposed merger to reorganize the Company as a Cayman Islands company has been approved by the stockholders of SPI.
SolarPower Europe (Brussels, Belgium) is present at the launch of the International Solar Alliance on November 30th, 2015 by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande at 5pm at the opening of COP21 in Paris.
"We are delighted that the International Solar Alliance is bringing together over 100 countries to accelerate development and deployment of solar around the world” comments Oliver Schafer, President of SolarPower Europe.
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (Baoding, China), known as “Yingli Solar,” on November 30th, 2015 announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH and R.Power Sp. z o.o. (Warsaw), a leading Polish renewable energy project developer formerly known as AMB ENERGIA, have agreed to expand their joint PV project development pipeline in Poland from 30 to 60 megawatts (MW).
Silicor Materials Inc. (San Jose, California, U.S.), a producer of solar silicon and aluminum by-products, on November 30th, 2015 announced an initiative to achieve a carbon-neutral status at its commercial manufacturing facility in Grundartangi, Iceland.
In cooperation with the Icelandic Forestry Association and the Icelandic Environment Association (KOLVIDUR), Silicor will fund the planting of more than 26,000 trees across the country to offset 2,800 tons of CO2 annually – enough to cover both Silicor’s silcon production process and the transportation logistics related to manufacturing, shipping and receiving at the site.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (Shanghai, China) has been invited to a critical conference on climate change in Paris scheduled to be held from November 30th.
As a Chinese leading solar photovoltaic (PV) company, JinkoSolar aims to have their voices heard on climate change issues.